Think Raspberry Pi costing $25 is a tad bit expensive? Meet Omega 2, a Linux mini PC that costs just $5.
Can’t believe? Just $5? But it is true. Microcomputers have been coming in quite cheap lately. It started with Raspberry Pi perhaps and we saw a range of inexpensive, programming ready, do-it-yourself devices such as $9 Chip mini PC. Of course, when you buy such a device, you need to buy its accessories. Even Raspberry Pi needs accessories to get started with.
Onion, a known brand in the field of Internet of Things (IoT), had (has, in fact) a similar product Omega costing $19.99. Onion has now announced a new version Omega 2 costing just $5. This tiny device is aimed at IoT development.
You cannot buy Omega 2 just now because the product has been announced for crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The crowdfunding campaign has already crossed its goal of generating $15,000 with over a month yet to go for the campaign. A super successful crowdfunding campaign.
Coming to the specifications of Omega 2, you cannot really expect a lot of a $5 device. I mean, it cannot replace your regular Linux desktop. It doesn’t intend to. It is clearly aiming for hobbyists, developers, and students to try and experiment with IoT projects.
- 580 MHz CPU
- 64 MB Memory
- 16 MB storage
- USB 2.0
- WiFi b/g/n
- 15 GPIO
- 2 PWM
- 2 UART
If you think that the specifications are not good enough for the need of your IoT project, you have the option of a pro version of Omega 2, it’s called Omega 2 Plus. Omega 2 Plus has 128 MB memory, 32 MB storage and it comes with a MicroSD card slot. Rest of the specifications are the same as Omega 2.
Apart from hardware, Omega 2 runs a custom Linux OS providing you complete control over the device with Linux command line. Onion also has its own cloud app store that you can use to control and program your device.
It is highly extensible. You can even couple it with Arduino.
If you think it is something of your interest and you would like to do some IoT project, you can back the project on Kickstarter.